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Gulf Coast Consortia Updates - September 1

Sep 2, 2021, 15:03 PM by Melodi Moore

Highlighted Shared Core of the Month

The CPRIT Single Core is located within the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX and is a CPRIT-funded single cell genomics and transcriptomics core facility. The core provides consults, services and training related the processing of tissues for single cell genomic and transcriptomic sequencing for cancer samples. Our users have two tracks available: (1) general core services and (2) collaborative projects. All projects receive a free consultation and review initial review starting. General users can submit samples for our different assay and receive QC and preliminary analysis. The assays include Single Cell CNV, ATAC, and RNA sequencing. Since the core is also aimed to educate users, it provides written protocols can be provided on request and other educational actives. These activities include the Texas Single Cell (TXSC) weekly seminar series (sponsored by the GCC) and Single Cell Genomics workshop. The TXSC series features talks from current single cell sequencing researching being performed at MD Anderson and across Texas. The Single Cell Genomics workshop cover both hands-on sample processing and basic analysis of single cell sequencing technologies. For more information, contact Anna K. Casasent, PhD

Upcoming Events

Keck Seminar, Friday, Sept. 10, 4:00

Dr. Jane Grande-Allen, Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, presents “Biophysically Faithful Biomaterial Platforms for Cardiovascular and Intestinal Mechanobiology.” Upcoming speakers include Dr. Damian Young, Baylor College of Medicine (Sept. 17), also a speaker for the GCC’s Innovation and Diversity in Biomedical Sciences series; Dr. Neil Waxham, UTHealth (Sept. 24), and Dr. Carmen Dessauer, UTHealth (Oct.1).  Seminars are held Fridays, 4-5 pm CDT and, for the Sept 10 and 17 talks, will only be held virtually via Zoom. To receive the Keck Seminar weekly reminders and Zoom login information, please contact  or join our Keck Seminar listserv. Keck Seminar Schedule


Virtual: IDDD Round Table Workshop: Building a Biotech, Sept. 9
The workshop will feature Drs. Sara Hein, TMCi Accelerator for Cancer Therapeutics and Leah DiMascio, Hummingbird Biosciences focusing on Building a Biotech. Sept. 9, 3:30-5:00 pm. cdt. Registration


Virtual: Hot Topics in Imaging Seminar, Sept. 14

Sponsored by the GCC Translational Imaging Cluster, this month’s seminar features Yen-Yu Ian Shih, PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who will present Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Zero Echo Time.  1-2 pm, cdt. Registration


Virtual: #Pain2021 Workshop, Pain in Clinical Populations, Sept. 17

This workshop will feature Simon Haroutounian, Washington Univ.; Georgene Hergenroeder, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Karin High, Univ. of New Mexico; and Enas Kandil, Univ. of Texas Southwestern. Sept. 17, 1:00-2:00 pm cdt. Registration


Virtual: 3rd Annual GCC Mental Health Research Symposium: Neurobiology and Translational Psychiatry, Sept. 21

Confirmed keynote speaker: Joshua Gordon, NIMH/NIH. Other confirmed speakers: John Allen, Univ. of Texas Medical BranchShelly Buffington, Univ. of Texas Medical BranchDouglas Senna Engelke, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Gabriel Fries, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Wayne Goodman, Baylor College of Medicine; Therese Kosten, Univ. of Houston; Fernanda Laezza, Univ. of Texas Medical Branch; Agenor Limon, Univ. of Texas Medical BranchJacob T. Robinson, Rice Univ.; Jair Soares, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center; Sameer Sheth, Baylor College of Medicine; Francesco Versace, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Consuelo Walss-Bass, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center; Heather Webber, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center; and Yong Xu, Baylor College of Medicine. Conference Website Registration

 UTMB Faculty

Online: Rigor and Reproducibility Workshop, Oct. 4

1st place winner of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2017 Innovations in Research and Research Education Award, this exciting workshop brings together highly acclaimed experts in rigor and reproducibility in research topics including data analysis, experimental design, resource sharing, publication and reporting, and more. With speakers and facilitators from all 7 of our GCC institutions, this interactive workshop has proven to be very effective as well as a lot of fun. The workshop will take place from 9:15am-3:00pm CST, via Zoom. Registration


2nd Annual GCC Single Cell Omics Symposium, Oct. 7

Featuring keynote speakers: Nir Yosef, Univ. of California Berkeley and Matt Spitzer, Univ. of California San Francisco/Teiko Bio. Other confirmed speakers: Rui Chen, Baylor College of Medicine; Andrew Futreal, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Shaoheng Liang, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Ivan Rosas, Baylor College of Medicine; Julea Vlassakis, Rice Univ.; and Runmin Wei, MD Anderson Cancer Center. This conference will take place virtually via the interactive Brella conferencing platform. Conference Website  Registration


Online: Single Cell Omics Panel Discussion, Single Cell Multiomics, from Experiment to Analysis, Oct. 13 

Panelists: Spence Fast, 10xGenomics; Rui Chen, Baylor College of Medicine; Jared Burks, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Ken Chen, MD Anderson Cancer Center. In the fourth GCC single cell omics cluster panel discussion, we will provide a brief overview of the current single cell multi-omics technologies and applications followed by case studies and data analysis. 3:00-4:30pm cdt. Registration


Save the Date: 31st Keck Annual Research Conference, Friday, Oct. 22: Now Virtual

Theme: Infectious Diseases: Emerging Threats and Emerging Technologies. Co-chairs: Terri Koehler, UTHealth, and Sam Shelburne, MD Anderson. Confirmed speakers include Elissa Hallem, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Deborah Hogan, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine; Peter Kasson, Univ. of Virginia; Gerald Keusch, Boston Univ.; and Jonathan Livny, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Conference Website


Data Science Consulting Clinic, Every Monday and Wednesday

This clinic is free and open to the GCC community. Rice D2K Lab faculty and students provide advice and assistance with any data science challenges you might have. Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm; Online via Zoom (Link); for more information:


Save the Date: Future Trends in Quantitative and Theranostic Imaging, Nov. 2-3

Confirmed speakers include Dara Kraitchman, Johns Hopkins, and David Hormuth, UT Austin.


Save the Date: GCC Cellular and Molecular Biophysics Conference, Nov. 30-Dec.1 

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